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The third art book by award winning artist Michael C. Hayes
The third art book by award winning artist Michael C. Hayes
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I am excited and proud to be bringing you my third art book: Exodus. As the title of the book suggests, the last two years have seen wandering and struggle as I left my old life of freelancing in search of a new one. Although it is my third compilation of my work, it is the first in which all of the artwork was created not for commercial clients, but entirely for myself.

 I am a bona fide art book junkie, over the past dozen years I have collected around 400 volumes. This publication will feature everything I want in an art book and nothing I don't. It will be printed on nice, thick paper stock and feature tons of full page reproductions, extreme closeups, sketches, behind the scenes photos, step by step looks at the process and snippets of text here and there to give some insight into my work without boring the reader to death.

The softcover version of Exodus will be an open edition print run.  It will be approximately 50 pages long, A4 size (8.27 × 11.69). Each copy will come signed.

A Kickstarter exclusive limited edition 8.5" x 11" print will be included in every reward tier. This image will only be available to backers of this campaign, and will come signed and numbered.

Softcover copies of my second art book, Awakening are also available. This is a 54 page, A4 size book. Each copy will come signed.

(My first book, Prologue, is now out of print.)

The hardcover version of my book will be a one time, limited edition run available exclusively to backers of this campaign. It will feature all the content of the softcover plus an exclusive signature page shown below. Each copy will be signed, numbered and include a remarque (a small, rough pencil sketch that will be repeated in each book)

Each 12" by 16" lustre finish print will come with a double mat measuring 16" by 20" on the outside. This standard size will make it easy and cheap for you to frame these. Most hobby or frame stores have dozens of frames in this size you can purchase for around $20-$30.

The prints are made by me, on my own printer using archival pigmented inks. Each print will come signed. You may choose from the selections below.

Sorry, but due to the size and costs of overseas shipping I am only able to offer these to U.S. backers.

I am offering a small number of original paintings and drawings as rewards.  I don't have room to list them all here, but visit http://artofmike.com/shop/original-artwork-for-sale/   to see everything I have available.

Again,  due to size I can only offer U.S. shipping as a Kickstarter reward. If you live overseas and wish to purchase one, please contact me so I can get you a quote.

I will be shipping originals shortly after the campaign ends, with the books following later on.

Euphoria 12″ x 18″ colored pencil on toned paper, framed $800
Euphoria 12″ x 18″ colored pencil on toned paper, framed $800
Kimono. 12″ by 18″ (matted to 18″ by 24″) Colored pencil on toned paper $800
Kimono. 12″ by 18″ (matted to 18″ by 24″) Colored pencil on toned paper $800
Joust. 16″ by 24″ Colored pencil on toned paper. framed $900
Joust. 16″ by 24″ Colored pencil on toned paper. framed $900
Dawnbreak 12″ by 16″ oil on paper on board, framed $1500
Dawnbreak 12″ by 16″ oil on paper on board, framed $1500
Red Sonja 18″ x 24″ oil on paper on board. $3000 framed
Red Sonja 18″ x 24″ oil on paper on board. $3000 framed
The Chase 14″ x 30″ oil on paper on board. $3000 framed
The Chase 14″ x 30″ oil on paper on board. $3000 framed
Exodus 20″ x 30″ oil on paper on board. $3800 framed
Exodus 20″ x 30″ oil on paper on board. $3800 framed
Haven, oil on board, 18" by 36" $5000 framed
Haven, oil on board, 18" by 36" $5000 framed

Risks and challenges

This is my third book and my second Kickstarter campaign. Despite inexperience and a few setbacks during my first campaign, my team and I managed to ship all the rewards only 8 days later than estimated. We have made it a point of honor to get everything shipped at least 8 days early this time around. I am way further along with the art and layout this time and we have plenty of ideas on how to speed up the fulfillment process. We are confident we can make this happen.

That being said, there will be aspects such as shipping and customs that will be out of my control. I will be using the same companies that have proven themselves reliable in the past, but there is still the possibility that something will go wrong. If that happens I will be as transparent as possible throughout the process.

I absolutely want to publish many more books in the future and will need your support and trust for that. I have every incentive to earn and keep that trust.

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